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Programmable Thermostats: Do they work?

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Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am.

Natalie recently found this article explaining why programmable thermostats save you money, and I thought I would share it because it is so useful. It’s apparently a confusing topic to most, and I’ve already gotten into several arguments about it. Actually, I remember thinking as a child that keeping the temperature constant in a house was more efficient than having it fluctuate a lot by turning the heat down when you left or went to sleep. After taking classes in heat transfer and control systems in college, it’s obvious to me that I was wrong, but most people have no reason to take such classes. Here’s a good article summarizing it in layman’s terms instead:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2970/does-turning-down-the-thermostat-at-night-save-energy

Death Valley

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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 2:13 pm.

Nat and I spent last week visiting Death Valley National Park (and Las Vegas, for a day).  I picked out the best pictures, uploaded them to Picasa,  and added pretty extensive commentary.  It would have been too many pictures to fit reasonably in a post here, plus I wanted to share them with with people outside of this site’s crowd, so hopefully I will be forgiven for linking to another site instead of posting directly here.  Check it out:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mmarchese1/DeathValleyHighlights?authkey=Gv1sRgCPGxv7-I6tqeIw&feat=directlink

Remember that you can view them full screen by clicking the full screen button in the top left.  It let me upload them at fairly high res (1200×1600) so full screen looks good.

Seriously?

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Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at 7:39 pm.

Click the link and watch the video ad to see women practicing their robot jerking off skills for the upcoming rise of the machines toning their arms using a reasonable exercise device.  It reminds me of that SNL skit where they were shaking the Wiimotes and it was blatantly sexual.

*Shakeweight

Also, here’s a parody: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_kNHfa5kto

Slap Chop Remix: Legendary

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Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 11:35 pm.

First of all, watch this infomercial.  Skim it or skip it if you like, but I think it makes the following parody funnier.

And now enjoy the remix:

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Civil Rights: 1 step forward, 3 steps backward

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Posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at 6:16 pm.

As we’ve already discussed at length, last Tuesday’s election marked a historic moment as a (half-) African-American reached the white house.  Unfortunately, the election also resulted in 3 more states banning gay marriage: Florida, Arizona, and California.  California will still allow civil unions, while the other two will not.

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Grid Computing: the easiest, cheapest form of charity there is

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Posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2008 at 6:20 pm.

Grid computing is the practice of connecting many regular computers together over the internet to form a super computer, usually for the purpose of scientific research. Here are three reasons why you should do it:

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Election Videos: "lol…no wait srsly, guys"

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Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2008 at 1:52 pm.

Here’s some recent political footage, spanning the gamut from silly and fake to dire and all-to-real. Enjoy.

First, the climax of the Republican National Convention, for those who missed it:

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